'Lost' Street in Jerusalem Was Built By Pontius Pilate – the Man Who Condemned Jesus to Death
Thu, April 22, 2021

'Lost' Street in Jerusalem Was Built By Pontius Pilate – the Man Who Condemned Jesus to Death

 

For the most part, Pontius Pilate was depicted as self-serving and religiously insensitive. Historical records and biblical accounts show how he presided over the trial of Jesus and ordered his crucifixion. Aside from that, he was also known to have seized money from a sacred treasury to build an aqueduct, detained people protesting his actions, and violated Jewish religious laws. 

It was reported that the people in Judea sent a petition to Roman Emperor Tiberius after they grew tired of "the briberies, the insults, the robberies, the outrages, and wanton injuries, the executions without trial constantly repeated, the ceaseless and supremely grievous cruelty" that Pilate allegedly committed. However, a Jerusalem street connecting the Siloam Pool to the Temple shows that Pilate perhaps wasn't so corrupt.

 

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Archaeologists have been excavating the street since 2013. According to Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture, and history, the street is nearly 2,000-foot-long (600 meters), likely used by ancient pilgrims on their way to worship at the Mount. The archaeologists suggest that Pilate was not a villain after all, considering the fact that he built a street that would have helped people reach the Temple Mount. 

 

Photo Credit: Live Science

 

"The importance of this street is evident from its dimensions as well as from the quality of its construction, which undoubtedly required an expansive workforce that included skilled laborers and craftsmen," the researchers wrote. Lead study author Nahshon Szanton, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, suggested that the street may have been built to help ease tensions between Pilate and the Jews and to promote his abilities as a prefect.

 

Photo Credit: Live Science

 

However, after digging down beneath the street and reaching areas that had been sealed off, the archaeologists are still not sure when precisely the street was constructed. They also found dozens of coins, with the most recent dating back to A.D. 30/31. 

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